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INFP Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit
The INFP favors the two out of four MBTI® mental functions of iNtuition and Feeling.
- As an NF (iNtuition-Feeling), you want to empower people!
This means that at minimum you want a job where you are regularly challenged to help others to have what they require to attain to the situation and state of being that is best for them.
Not only is it hard these days to find a job, but it can also be hard to know what job or career to look for and how to get started on your search. Personality type provides a way to understand how to approach job hunting, even for the mixed-signals tendency of the INFP.
INFPs creatively express their message
Two Favorite Mental Functions
As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types, you INFPs use your favored N-F mental functions in your own unique way to be your own unique you.
The fit of your two favorite mental functions are a must for job choice, because favored mental functions indicate how a particular personality type is energized. This is the root of how a person is motivated.
1. Job Types
Those jobs and tasks that fit the INFP personality type best are those that invlove
- INCLINATION: a concern with human development, particularly one-on-one
Most attractive occupations:
- Artist or entertainer
counselor or psychologist
writer or editor
- SKILL: masterful facilitation of shifts and changes in people and organizations
Occupational areas with these kinds of jobs tend to be:
- related to counseling
- exercise creativity in language arts positions
exercise creativity in visual arts positions
2. Job Environments
A good job match will include a situation with these elements.
- A unique cause that aids society about which you are very enthused
- Activities and relationships related to that cause
- Imaginative methods are used for reaching objectives.
- Clear deadlines and specific performance feedback on competencies
Go here for more on work motivation.
3. Information to Gather
- Establish priorities
- A "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
- Facts about jobs in or from a career library
This hub combines some information from the two following books, as well as from a seminar I attended.
- Introduction to Type and Careers, by Allen L. Hammer:
Discusses personality type and career matching, career trends, tips on goal setting and decision making, and potential obstacles in the career development process for all 16 types.
Introduction to Type and Emotional Intelligence, by Roger R. Pearman:
Discusses the connections between personality and Emotional intelligence (EQ), which is a term used to describe our ability to control impulses, show empathy, and persist in the face of obstacles with resilience and flexibility. Provides specific actions for the development of emotional intelligence in each of the 16 types.
4. Making Contacts
- Ask close friends about any job opportunities they may know about, and then gradually widen the network.
- Practice interviews: Role-play speaking up and "selling" your strong points, and also prepare for hypothetical interview questions.
- When interviewed by a Sensing type, don't overwhelm him or her by too many possibilities.
5. Making Decisions
- Don't ignore uncomfortable facts.
- Systematically consider the consequences of alternatives.
- Set a deadline for decisions; post it or announce it to friends.
The NF as the boss:
- Spineless Bosses - NF Personality Type in Employee Management
The NF personality type, a natural nurturer, is gifted for management. They can become ‘spineless' bosses, however, because of their limited toughness with diverse team members.
The 15 other Myers-Briggs personality types
Do you identify with this personality type and these job hunting tips?
If you are not sure, take a look at the 5 job hunting tips for each of the other 15 Myers-Briggs personality types you may want to consider.
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© 2010 Deidre Shelden